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We Are Duct Cleaning Experts

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

A before and after photo of a dirty air duct SERVPRO of St. Louis Central has the expertise and equipment to handle any size duct cleaning from commercial to residential

How often do you look at your HVAC system? Like most people, the answer is probably not very often. We are not saying that forgetting about your HVAC system is a bad thing, we all do it, but if you cannot remember the last time you looked it over, then it is the time to do so.

There is not a typical timeline in which your system should be regularly cleaned, but there are a few signs to look for:

  • Visible mold growth
  • Ducts are infested or have been infested with vermin
  • Ducts are clogged with excess amounts of dust or debris
  • Particles coming out of registers when system comes on

If any of these signs appear in your ducts, there may be an underlying problem that also needs to be addressed with your HVAC. For those solutions, it is best to contact your preferred heating and cooling company to find the reason for these problems.

For cleaning, you can trust the professionals at SERVPRO of St. Louis Central to effectively clean your duct work. We have the proper equipment and expertise to handle any size job, from a large office building to a residential home.

At SERVPRO we don’t just take a vacuum into your ducts and sweep it out. We have a special agitator that kicks up all the dust and debris in your ducts that is then sucked out with our industrial duct air cleaner. There is a reason why SERVPRO is an industry leader, and you can trust us to take care of your home or business!

Call today for a free duct cleaning estimate!

314-260-7177

4 Reasons Why Sump Pumps Fail

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

4 Reasons Sump Pumps Fail SERVPRO of St. Louis Central can handle any size water damage! We are your local water damage experts!

Let’s take a moment to talk about one the most important pieces of equipment in your home that is, more times than not, forgotten. The sump pump in your basement is a crucial piece of equipment that keeps your basement from flooding when heavy rains are coming down outside. The sump pump diverts water from your basement and foundation to a safer place where it can drain properly. Sump pumps have many moving parts and variables that make sure they run properly. If one of those variables goes bad, then the pump will fail.

4 Reasons Why a Sump Pump Can Fail:

1. Power Outage

A power outage is the most common reason for a sump pump failure. That is because sump pumps are not typically connected to their own power supply. They are most commonly connected to the home’s electrical system the same way lighting and the HVAC system is. Having a backup generator for your home in this case can be a lifesaver and prevent future headaches.

2. Sump Pump is the Wrong Size

Seeing this may make you think, “Let’s get the biggest pump so that it can handle any amount of water.” This thought can get you in trouble though, because sump pumps that are too big overwork and actually will wear out faster. While a pump that is too small will not be able to keep up with the waterflow that it encounters. The best course of action is to consult with a professional to make sure you have the proper sized sump pump.

3. Improper Installation

Installing a sump pump must be done exactly right. Manufacturer’s instructions must be followed carefully for the installation in order to avoid severe water damage down the road. Most manufacturers recommend or require a check valve to be installed on the discharge line. If not installed, the back-flow of water can cause the pump impeller to rotate backwards and unscrew off the motor shaft. In this scenario, you will still hear the pump motor running, but it would not be pumping any water.

Most manufacturers require the drilling of a small air relief hole in the discharge line between the pump and the check valve which is intended to prevent the pump from having to overcome the air pressure in the discharge pipe. The discharge pipe must be of the required diameter. 

Lastly, the sump pump pit should not be set in dirt or gravel. This causes debris to enter into your pump and can result in interference with the pump’s on/off switch or float arm.

4. Lack of Maintenance

Depending on the pump manufacturer, it is recommended that from every 2-3 months to once a year. To be safe, it is best if the pump is checked before rainy season starts. That way, you are not caught with a faulty pump when it is pouring down rain outside.

Like all equipment, a sump pump can also just unexplainably fail. This is the reason why preventative maintenance and routine checks are key so that you never get caught in a bad situation. Remember that even though a sump pump may seem expensive, but it doesn’t come close to comparing to how much a water damage can cost you both financially and emotionally after losing sentimental items.

Call SERVPRO of St. Louis Central today for any water damage needs!

314-260-7177

What to do Until Help Arrives: Sewer

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Sewer manhole cover with a SERVPRO logo SERVPRO of St. Louis Central has a team of highly trained professionals that can clean up your sewer backup

A sewer backup is a nasty situation for everyone involved. It not only puts a damper on your day, it can pose serious health risks, and property damage.

ILLNESS

The most dangerous part of a sewer backup, which is often overlooked, is the dangers it has on your personal health. The sewer water is filled with bacteria, viruses, and other illness causing contaminants. Any contact with the water can put you, your family, and pets at risk of illness or death.

STRUCTURAL DAMAGE

The second most pressing issue with a sewer backup is the moisture left over from the water, causing secondary damage after cleanup. If the walls and floors of the affected area are not dried properly, or replaced, then mold and structural damage can occur causing more issues down the line.

CALL SERVPRO

These are the reasons why it is so important to have a professional team of experts like SERVPRO of St. Louis Central clean and restore your home or business after a sewer backup. In the unfortunate situation that you have a sewer backup, follow these tips to keep you and your family safe.

DO:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and contaminated items
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items
  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Treat all bodily fluids as contaminated
  • Call SERVPRO of St. Louis Central to properly clean and restore your property

DON’T:

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air
  • Use household fans to dry the structure because it will spread contaminates
  • Use products of personal hygiene if they have been exposed to contaminated areas, even if not directly touched by water
  • Attempt cleanup without consulting a professional
  • Handle or touch any items that might be contaminated

CALL NOW: 314-260-7177

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central can help you get back to normal after a kitchen fire.

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire scorched the ceiling above the stove A local kitchen fire scorched a customers ceiling above the stove. They called SERVPRO of St. Louis Central to come and restore their home.

Cooking is something that most every person does on a daily basis. It is an activity that is so normal, that it can be easily forgotten how dangerous it can be. The temperatures required to cook are easily hot enough to start a fire if left unattended.

According to the NFPA, in 2018 the “United States fire departments responded to an estimated average of 172,100 home structure fires per year started by cooking activities in 2012-2016, or an average of 471 home cooking fires per day. These fires caused an average of 530 civilian deaths, 5,270 reported civilian fire injuries, and $1.1 billion in direct property damage per year.”

As you can see, fire damages not only happen often, they are expensive as well. This is because when a fire occurs it damages much more than just the structure of your home or business. The heat from the fire can change the chemical makeup of food items, textiles, furniture, and much more.

Another variable to consider is the amount of soot that the fire spreads across your home. Even a small fire in a small corner of your home or business can spread soot over the entire property. The soot gets into the duct systems and is then cycled through the property by the HVAC system. This is why you should trust our highly trained professionals come in and clean the property properly. At SERVPRO, we have a restore first mindset and will do our best to restore any items affected by fire.

What should be disposed of after a kitchen fire:

  • Nonperishable food items - even though these food items are sealed, the heat from the fire can activate bacteria in the cans or jars causing the food to go bad.
  • Room temperature perishable food items - a sealed refrigerator can keep food safe to eat for up to two hours without power as long as it is left shut. However, if when the refrigerator is opened, even within that two-hour zone, and a strange odor is present, it would be a good idea to dispose of the items inside.
  • Burnt clothing - all clothing burned by the fire should be disposed of even if it is just barely burned.
  • Cosmetics and medications - carefully sort through and examine cosmetics and medicine. If there are any signs that the container has been compromised, dispose the item.

A reliable rule of thumb after a kitchen fire is to get rid of items stored in cardboard, thin plastic bags, or cloth.

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (314) 260-7177 today for a fast disaster cleanup service from an experienced team.

Four Phases of Disaster Restoration

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Business owner tries to minimize water leak with a small bucket. A business owner tries to minimize damage from a leak caused by a storm. The bucket he is using is way too small for the job.

Oh no, you’ve had a disaster happen at your place of business! You’re probably asking yourself, “who do I need to call, and what do I do now?” You should call SERVPRO of ST. Louis Central!

Our highly trained team of professionals has the expertise to stabilize the situation and get your business back up and running as soon as possible. During any restoration project that SERVPRO is called in on, there is a detailed, four-phase process that we follow. This ensures the project is completed in a timely manner and all parties involved are up to date as to how the project is coming along.

The four phases of the process are:

  1. Project initiation
  2. Project plan
  3. Project execution
  4. Project close out

During the first phase of the process, our team arrives on site and walks the property with the owner to properly assess the damage. We consult with the property owner on the best course of action going forward and will also lend a hand with initial services such as board-ups (in the case of fire damage) or setting up a mobile office to make sure your business can maintain operational status during this tough time.

In the second phase, we build an estimate, create a game plan, and acquire the proper permits. Then, after approval, we begin the restoration process which bleeds into the third phase.

The third phase is all about working on the job and properly communicating with the customer throughout the entire restoration process.

Lastly, during phase four, the job has been finished, inspected and we send out billing.

There are many more details that are just too much to go into with one blog post.

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Does Your St. Louis Home Have A Mold Problem?

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on window sill Mold growing around window sill and wall

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors. 
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 314-260-7177.  

Winter Storm Hazards

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Snow Give us a call, we will assess the situation like it never happened.

Winter Storms can bring many hazards

Many destructive impacts can come out of a single winter storm. Are you prepared for the coming winter? The array of hazards that can come from a winter storm are sometimes countless.

  • Ice: Accumulations of a half inch or more, because of it's weight can cause widespread destruction and power outages and can have a crippling impact. 
  • Wet Snow: Much like ice accumulation, wet snow adds extra weight and stress, increasing the chance of damage. Moist snow sticks easily to trees and power lines.
  • Snow on Roofs: Several feet from one or multiple storms accumulating on a roof can add stress, causing them to collapse.
  • Flooding After the Snow: A rapid warm-up or rain following a winter storm with an expansive snow pack can set the stage for major flooding.

Melting snow and ice after a storm can also cause damage to the inside of your home or business. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of St. Louis Central to assess the situation and put you to Pre-Winter condition, "Like it never even happened."

Call us (314) 260-7177

Clean your Gutters before Winter

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Leaves With winter on it's way it's important to clean your gutter so they don't get clogged and cause water damage to your home.

Don't Fall for Procrastination

The seasons may have skipped right over Fall this year, but do not "fall" into procrastinating on cleaning those gutters.  Although it may not seem like it should be here, winter is here and those leaves in your gutters are not going to clean themselves. But if you do choose to "leave" it for later, you may have water problems to deal with now.

If your gutter becomes clogged it can lead to the water finding an alternate way to drain from your roof. Water taking a different course can cause many issues, such as: 

  • Leaky Basement - water that cannot drain properly from your roof can collect around your basement or crawlspace and will eventually find its way in.
  • Cracked Foundation - this occurs when water is absorbed into the foundation and over time with the change in temperatures will expand and contract, causing cracks.
  • Wood Rot - water that is constantly coming into contact with the wood on your home will eventually rot the wood.

If you are already experiencing the effects of Fall Procrastination, and need help cleaning and restoring your home or business, call your Local Professionals to make it... "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of St. Louis Central (314) 260-7177

Frozen Pipes are a Problem

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipe Call the experts if you find out you have frozen pipes..

The cold weather and water can = problems for you..

We all need water and most of us here in the Midwest will soon be experiencing freezing or sub-zero temperatures. Add these two together and you could have a problem. You see, water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. Expanding water can cause pipes to break. No matter the material they are made from, including metal or plastic.

Recommendations to help prevent frozen pipes:

  • Keep exterior doors closed to any area where the water pipes are located.
  • Keep bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors open to allow warmer air to circulate.
  • Let cold water drip from faucets, moving water is much harder to freeze.
  • If you will be gone for an extended period, set the temperature to no lower than 55° F.

If you should experience frozen pipes this winter, please turn off the main water supply and call the Experts in water cleanup and restoration here at SERVPRO of St. Louis Central. 

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Football First Responder Bowl to be played December 30th.

Get.Fired.Up! 

In a joint effort to honor the service and sacrifice of America’s First Responders, the annual college football bowl game played at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas has been renamed the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. Kickoff for the newly christened SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is set for Monday, Dec. 30. For the first time, the game will be played at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

“We are looking forward to the new venue and date as part of the celebration of the 10th year of this bowl game’s history,” said Brant Ringler, executive director of the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. “In addition to those changes, we hope to grow the number of first responders who attend the game and find new ways to say thank you to them for their service in our communities.”

For additional information about the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, please visit FirstResponderBowl.com. 

We are proud to be apart of something amazing, we hope you all watch on December 30th! 

Happy Holidays!